Nō ka wai ʻino, ʻinoʻino ka ʻāina

na Laiana Wong (ka lā 23 o Kēkēmapa, 2017)

Synopsis: Many homes in Hawaiʻi are still utilizing cesspools to handle waste water. This is not a sustainable practice as it could ultimately seep into our sources of drinking water.

Aloha e nā hoa kanaka o ka noho pū ʻana ma ko kākou ʻāina aloha. He wahi kumuhana kaʻu e hāpai ai no kekahi hana i maʻa iā kākou a pau, ʻo ia ka noho ʻana i ka ipu lua e hoʻopau ai i ka pilikia, a pau ka hana, hoʻokuʻu aku nō i ka wai ʻino a nalo ka ʻino. I ka pule nei, ʻo au kekahi e noho ana i ka ipu lua e heluhelu ana hoʻi i ka nūhou kūloko ma luna o ke kelepona, a ʻike akula au i kahi moʻolelo e hoʻākāka ana i kahi e nalo ai ua wai ʻino lā. A he moʻolelo nō ia i noʻonoʻo ʻole ʻia e ka hapanui o kākou hoa kanaka. He moʻolelo hōlina naʻe ia e ao ai kākou o ʻinoʻino auaneʻi kēia ʻāina aloha.

Nui hewahewa nā luawai pelapela ma Hawaiʻi nei. Wahi a ka ʻOihana Mālama Olakino (ʻOMO), ma kahi o ke 88,000 ka nui, a ʻo ka hapanui hoʻi, aia nō ma nā wahi kuaʻāina, kahi nele i ka ʻōnaehana paipu lawe ʻino. A no ia mea, e nō wale aku nō ka wai ʻino i loko o ka ʻāina. A ʻoiai no ka ʻāina mai ke 90% o kā kākou wai inu, inā e mau aku nō ia nō ʻana, ʻino mai auaneʻi kā kākou wai inu. A no laila, aia ka pono i ke kanu ʻana i kahi pahu hoʻomaʻemaʻe wai ʻino. E aho ia i ka hoʻokuʻu wale ʻia o ia wai e nō aku ai i loko o ia ʻāina aloha o kākou.

Wahi a ka (ʻOMO), aia ʻehā kūlana o ia hana he mālama ʻino ma Hawaiʻi nei. ʻO ka mea mua, ʻo ia ka wehe ʻana i nā mea kino paʻa ma o ke kānana ʻia ʻana, ka hoʻokiʻo ʻia ʻana, a me ka hoʻohui ʻia ʻana o nā hunahuna ʻino a paʻa. ʻO ka lua o ke kūlana, ʻo ia ka wehe pau ʻana i nā mea ‘okanika ma o ka hoʻohana ‘ana i nā mea ola nāna ia e ʻai aku. ʻO ke kolu, ʻo ia ka wehe i nā mea ola a wehe pū me kekahi mau kemikala, ʻo ka naikokene, ka pokepola, a me nā ʻano mea ʻawahia like ʻole. ʻO ka hā, ʻo ia ka hoʻopōʻaiapuni ʻana i ka wai ʻino no ka hoʻoulu mea kanu, a i ʻole ka waiho ʻana a omoāea.

Hiki ke ʻike ʻia, ʻo ka helu ʻehā ke kūlana maikaʻi loa no ke ola o ka ʻāina a me ke kaiāulu, a i ke emi mai o ia helu, emi pū mai me ka maikaʻi o ke kaiāola. ʻO ka helu ʻekahi, ʻo ia ka lua hoʻokiʻo wai hoʻi, ʻo ia ke ʻano nui loa o ka nō ʻana o nā mea ʻino i loko o ka ʻāina me ka hoʻomaʻemaʻe ʻole ʻia. No laila, ua emi loa mai ka nui o nā lua hoʻokiʻo wai e ʻae ʻia nei e ka ʻOMO o Hawaiʻi nei, a ua pāpā loa ʻia ma nā ʻāīna e kūpilikiʻi nei. Eia naʻe, he nui nō nā lua e waiho nei mai ka wā mai i nui ai ko lākou ʻeli ‘ia. I kēia manawa naʻe, he mea nui ka hoʻololi ʻana i nā luawai pelapela a lilo mai i pahu hoʻomaʻemaʻe wai ʻino.

He wahi ʻike lihi koʻu i kēia hana, no ka mea, pēlā māua ʻo kaʻu wahine i hana ai ma ko māua hale. Ua kanu ʻia nō kekahi pahu ma ka ʻaoʻao o ka lua hoʻokiʻo wai ʻino, a no laila, e wehe pau ʻia nā mea ʻokanika mai loko mai o ka wai ʻino a ʻano maʻemaʻe maila. ʻO nā mea kino e koe ana, eia aku a eia mai e pauma ʻia nō. ʻO ka wai i hoʻomaʻemaʻe ʻia, e kahe aku nō ia i loko o ka lua wai kahi e kānana ʻia ai ma kona nō ʻana i loko o ka ʻāina. I ia manawa, ua ʻano maʻemaʻe mai ka wai, ʻaʻole naʻe au e inu!

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